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Huami Amazefit X Smartwatch With Curved AMOLED Display Launched

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Amazfit is a brand by Huami, mostly known with its wearables and earbuds. Its latest project is called Amazfit X and is a smart band with a curved display. This futuristic-looking device was crowdfunded at Indiegogo and managed to gather nearly $2 million from 12,000 people.

While the method is unusual for big manufacturers, the project is obviously a success, and we got a band with us to review it and to determine whether Amazfit has managed to build the next big thing.

We received a circular box with the X wrapped around what appears to be a charging stand. It looks lovely but tremendously bulky. Upon closer inspection, we realized you can detach it and use it as a regular proprietary charger.

The first thing we notice is the really long screen that merges seamlessly with the rubber bands. Because of the form of the Amazfit X, the straps aren’t standard, but the good news is there is an extra strap in the box for bigger wrists.

The band lacks any physical buttons but has two sensors, one on each side. When pressed simultaneously (essentially squeezing the band), it powers on and we were presented with the UI. Thanks to the tall display, there is plenty of info at glance – that was the main goal for Amazfit after all.

Feature-wise, the X has everything you might need from a smartband – weather updates (synchronized with the phone), music controls, a few sports that can be tracked and recorded. There’s also heart rate sensor, SpO2 sensor, stress detection, and Amazfit says it could track heart-related issues. Hopefully, our X stays silent on this topic.

This is clearly a unique-looking device that promises a lot. We have to complete the full review to determine how the battery is handling, can it be used for sports, and if Amazfit fixed its app, which could use some work last time we tried it.

You can order the Amazfit X on Indiegogo for $329. It’s certainly expensive for a smart band, but it’s no ordinary device either, so it might well be worth it. We should have a final verdict later this month.

Design

The Amazfit X is advertised and sold as a smartwatch even if it has the form factor of a smart band – it is relatively narrow and ever so slightly wider than a Mi Band or a Galaxy Fit. Huami is selling the idea that you can have all the information you need on the screen without having to scroll, and the Amazfit X on occasion brings even more than you can handle.

The Amazfit X has no hardware keys, but there are two pressure-sensitive points in the middle of both sides. A simple squeeze, accompanied by a gentle vibration, brings you back to the watch face from any screen.

The watch is made from titanium alloy, but the bands are made of fluororubber which is a type of polycarbonate that is gentle on the skin and easy to wash away from nasty germs after a lengthy sports session.

Screen

The thing that sets apart the Amazfit X is the 2.07” touchscreen. Of course, the relatively high number comes from the very tall ratio meaning you don’t get that much more screen estate, but in the end, that’s all you need on your wrist – more info at a glance, not a big wide panel for media consumption.

Furthermore this is one of the brightest displays we have ever seen, wearable or not. There are no issues with colors getting dull under certain angles and the brightness is impressive.

And the curved screen doesn’t just look nice, the technology behind it is even more spectacular. The 92-degree curvature allows for a comfortable rest on the wrist, and engineers proudly revealed they heat the glass cover to over 700 degrees Celsius, and then bend it in a complicated 6-step process.

According to Amazfit, the panel has 326 PPI HD resolution and offers 20 different watch faces, specifically designed for this form factor.

Some of the faces are cluttered, others are rather minimalistic but they all show more information than just about any other wearable – after all, that’s the main use-case scenario of the Amazfit X.

Battery life

The development of curved and foldable devices is hampered by one key aspect in general – the battery and its reluctance to follow any curvatures. However, the Amazfit X power cell has a 205 mAh capacity and is able to follow the slight 92-degree curve of the panel.

Battery life is said to be “up to 7 days” but that’s a conservative estimate without notifications, sleep tracking or sports activities. Once some of these are turned on, one charge can shell no more than 5 days of battery life, with the GPS tracker being the biggest drainer.

When it is time to top up the battery of the Amazfit X, it magnetically snaps to its charger and gets from 0 to 100% in about 75 minutes but the watch is unusable during that time.

Usage

In addition to doing a splending job of showing your notifications, the Amazfit X also promises sports and sleep tracking and SpO2 meter, while the 5ATM water resistance means you don’t need to take it off every time you wash your hands or go swimming.

Sports-wise, the Amazfit X supports 9 different modes, including running, swimming, cycling, walking, all of them either outdoor or indoor.

We faced some issues with the location functionality. While the Amazfit X supports both GPS and GLONASS at one instance the band was entirely unable to acquire lock.

However, Huami assured us this is an issue with some of the pre-production units such as the one we had for review and it will be fixed in the retail units. Also, when we got the GPS working, it was measuring as good as any smart device. Yes, it isn’t your Suunto or Garmin wearable but does the job for every running enthusiast.

All the sports are tracked by the watch and then synchronized with the app. Amazfit renamed the platform and now it is named Zepp after a California-based multi-sport sensor technology company that Huami acquired in 2018. On the inside, the app on the mobile phone is pretty the same that we criticized in several reviews of Amazfit wearables.

The application and its features would be ideal for someone living in the Amazfit universe, but even some of those users might be bothered by either having no access to a feature or having multiple access points for the very same function.

First, you cannot add your own watch faces. While the pre-loaded ones are pretty neat and many of their complications are customizable, it would be even better if you got the options to design your own. Also, the customization of the complications is only possible via the touchscreen and not the app, which would be more convenient at times.

The Zepp app is filled with features that can be used in the Amazfit universe but not with the X. For example, there is Weight holding baby, Balance on one foot, Himalayan or NFC card package – they are all compatible with other huami-owned products that are not smart bands but for some reason Amazfit decided to keep them greyed out instead of completely hiding them.

Final thoughts

After one month with the Amazfit X, we are left with a mixed feelings. It’s certainly an amazing looking wearable and it does a spending job with the notifications.

However, Huami should clearly improve its companion application as it makes analyzing the data gathered by the Amazfit X very hard.

The wearable is currently unavailable after its initial stints at Indiegogo and at a local Chinese crowdfunding platform. Amazfit is expected to launch globally with the option to purchase the X from its website. Currently you can get it in China for $150 and while the international will certainly higher we at least hope that it will be lower than the $329 the last of the early adopters had to pay.

Regardless of the specific number however the Amazfit X is going to way pricier than other smart bands of similar functionality, so it won’t be stealing market share from the Mi Bands of this world. However its looks make it work so much better as a fashion accessory that we are certain there will be no shortage of buyers either.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 (2021) Redefine Concept Introduction

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Samsung Galaxy S21, the next flagship series from the South Korean tech major, is expected to launch in January next year, and the phones could go on sale by the end of the month. In the latest leak, tipster Jon Prosser has revealed the launch, sale, and pre-order dates of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S21 phones on Twitter. The Samsung Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and Galaxy S21 Ultra launch will take place on January 14, 2021 and pre-orders will start on the same day. The tipster also claims that the devices will go on sale on January 29.

Samsung’s flagship lineup sees the S series launch in the first half of the year, while the Note series comes in the second half. While some reports are claiming the brand will launch the phones with Samsung Galaxy S30 name label, others are saying Galaxy S21 will be the official name.

Prosser in his tweet also revealed the colour variants of the Samsung Galaxy S21 series. These are black, white, grey, silver, violet, and pink. While the features of the devices are yet to be revealed, several leaks have already suggested what could be the possible specifications of the new phones. Here’s everything we know so far.

Samsung Galaxy S21 price (expected)

The Samsung Galaxy S21 price is expected to start from $999, which is around Rs 74,640 in India. The Galaxy S21 Plus could cost $1,199 (around Rs 89,580), whereas the Galaxy S21 Ultra $1,399 (approximately Rs 104,529).

Samsung Galaxy S21 series: Specifications

As per the leaks, the Galaxy S21 or Galaxy S30 phones will sport a punch-hole display design. The cutout will be placed on the upper right side of the display. The handsets will also have slim bezels. The design of the phones will be almost similar to the Samsung Galaxy S20 series.

The leaked renders showed that the volume rockers and power button will be located on the right edge. The standard version is expected to come with a compact 6.2-inch flat display. The screen of the Galaxy S21 Ultra could measure between 6.7 and 6.9 inches. It is expected to come with a slightly curved display and could include support for the S Pen, which would be a first in the S series. However, the device might lack any slot for the brand’s signature stylus.

The phones will likely be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 processor in some markets. Samsung is expected to announce its own Exynos 1080 processor on November 12. This chip is based on the 5nm process. But this is not going to power the S21 series, according to a report on Sam Mobile. The devices will run the Exynos 2100 chipset, depending on the region.

The most premium version in the series is rumoured to pack a 108-megapixel primary camera and a 40-megapixel snapper for selfies. The Galaxy S21 series could also see the introduction of a new under-display selfie camera. Again, Samsung could limit this new technology to the most premium flagship in the series, which would be the S21 Ultra.

On the software side, the Galaxy S21 will ship with One UI 3.0, which will be based on Android 11. The Samsung Galaxy S21 series was recently spotted on 3C certification. The site hinted that the standard version will offer a 4,000mAh battery, whereas the Samsung Galaxy S21+ is tipped to feature a 4,660mAh battery. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra will reportedly have a 5,000mAh battery. All three phones are expected to ship with a 25W fast charger.

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WhatsApp New Exciting Features (2020) November

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New features on WhatsApp

WhatsApp the messaging platform is at the helm of social media applications. Run by Facebook one of the four Big Tech companies, its features complement those of its sister platforms like Instagram and Facebook. So if any feature exists on one of these platforms, expect it to show up on all eventually. For instance Stories. By imitating the Snapchat model of quick short-lived stories, Instagram mastered it, further emulating it on Facebook and WhatsApp.

In a big to keep the app updated and fresh, new features are introduced every once in awhile. Take a look at what to expect!

WhatsApp regularly updates the app with new features. It also tests unreleased features on its beta app for Android and iPhone. Recently, WhatsApp has been focusing on privacy and control of spam on the platform. It has rolled out features to help curb these issues on WhatsApp.

In terms of UI change, the app will soon roll our dark mode on Android and iPhone. WhatsApp dark mode is expected to arrive with iOS 13 and Android Q update. While we wait for that, there are other features available now on WhatsApp. If you’re a frequent WhatsApp user, these are some features you can use right now. WhatsApp has confirmed its new exciting disappearing messages feature which, once enabled, will make new messages sent in individual or group chats disappear after seven days.

As per the information provided on the support page, enabling the settings will not affect the messages previously sent or received in chat. While the users can themselves turn disappearing messages on and off for individual chats, in a group chat, only the admins will get to use the feature. With this, if a user does not open WhatsApp in the seven-day period, the message will disappear, but its preview might still be displayed in notifications until the App is opened. The feature, as per the App, will not work if the disappearing message is forwarded, and in case the user creates a backup, however, when the user restores from a backup.

As per the settings for media download, if auto-download is turned on the receiving phone the images, videos will be automatically saved on the device. There, however, is no option of customizing the time frame after which the messages will be deleted.

WhatsApp is hard at work making its hugely-popular app even better. Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen the launch of disappearing messages which, as the name suggests, makes text messages self-destruct after a week, coupled with the introduction of a new storage setting designed to allow users to quickly find and remove content filling up their precious memory.

And now, it seems WhatsApp is working on two more updates – one aimed at Android users, and another designed for those with an iPhone.

The first change that’s coming to Android looks set to allow users of this Google-powered operating system to access more exciting wallpapers than what’s currently available.

As spotted by the team at WABetainfo it appears that there will be a total of 32 bright wallpapers and another 29 designed for dark mode. It seems you’ll even be able to set unique background patterns for different chats and adjust exactly how they look to suit your tastes.

This upgrade is currently in the beta phase of testing but a launch could come soon.

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Realme 7 5G Smartphone launched; Features

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Key Highlights

  • Realme 7 5G has been launched in the UK.
  • Some of the key specs of the Realme phone are MediaTek 800U SoC, 120hz display, four rear cameras and more.

Realme has expanded its 7 series of smartphones with the launch of Realme 7 5G in the European market. This is the company’s first Realme 7 series smartphone to come with 5G support. The smartphone is said to be the upgraded version of Realme 7 which the company launched in India this year.

Realme 7 5G price

Realme 7 5G has been launched at a price of GBP 279, which roughly translates to Rs 27,400 in the UK for the base 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The phone will be made available in a single Baltic Blue colour option. The smartphone will be available for purchase in the UK starting November 27 and will be up for grabs through Amazon UK at a discounted price of GBP 229, roughly around Rs 22,500 until November 30 as a part of the Black Friday Special deal.

Realme 7 5G Features

As far as the cameras are concerned, the Realme 7 5G on the rear packs a 48-megapixel primary camera with an f/1.8 aperture; a second 8-megapixel camera with an f/2.3 aperture; a third 2-megapixel camera with an f/2.4 aperture and a fourth 2-megapixel camera with an f/2.4 aperture. The rear camera setup has autofocus. It sports a 16-megapixel camera on the front for selfies, with an f/2.1 aperture.

The Realme 7 5G runs Realme UI based on Android 10 and packs 128GB of inbuilt storage that can be expanded via microSD card (up to 256GB) with a dedicated slot. The Realme 7 5G is a dual-SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone that accepts Nano-SIM and Nano-SIM cards. The Realme 7 5G measures 162.20 x 75.10 x 9.10mm (height x width x thickness) and weighs 195.00 grams. It was launched in Baltic Blue colour.

Connectivity options on the Realme 7 5G include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS, Bluetooth v5.10, USB Type-C, 3G, and 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). Sensors on the phone include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and in-display fingerprint sensor. The Realme 7 5G supports face unlock.

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